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Update June 17, 2014—Opening for Director Position Announced

The UC-Mexico Initiative seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director. The Director is responsible for providing leadership in developing a University-wide strategy for engagement with Mexican partners. Reporting to the UCR Chancellor with a dotted line to the UC Provost, the Director will establish strong working relationships with institutions in Mexico, including UNAM, CONACYT, CONACULTA, ANUIES, SEP, and other partners, for the purpose of developing shared goals and mechanisms for coordination and oversight.

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The UC-Mexico Initiative

In January 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano announced the launch of a new UC-Mexico Initiative, with the goal of creating a sustained, strategic, and equal partnership between UC and institutions in Mexico to address common issues and educate our next generation of leaders. She asked UC Riverside to take the lead on this systemwide effort.

The purpose of the UC-Mexico Initiative is to create a sustained, strategic, and equal partnership between UC and institutions in Mexico to address common issues and educate our next generation of leaders. This will be accomplished through:

Increased Student Exchange:

  • Undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral
  • "First 1,000" of President Obama's 100,000
  • Easier access to UC through simplified admissions and applications processes

Certificate Programs / Continuing Education for Professionals in Mexico:

  • Short courses on passing TOEFL or passing professional school exams
  • Increased use of Casa de California

Opportunities for Collaborative Scholarship:

  • Arts & Culture — Focus on Mexican culture, including bilingual literature, digital culture, public art forms, performances, film series, art exhibits, book presentations, conferences, concerts
  • Education — New cross-national partnerships on "students we share;" bilingual, bi-national open access curriculum for students who travel between countries; teacher training
  • Health — A focus on chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, which are common to populations in both CA and Mexico: opportunities in policy, applied, and basic research
  • Agriculture & Environment — Scaling up projects to address common issues; development of public policy; student training
  • Science & Technology — An expansion / enhancement of UC MEXUS. Possibility of additional seed grants, especially in the arts and applied research

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